Engagement + Productivity = High Performance

Productivity drivers provide the foundation for success by making sure there is a work structure, trained and skilled employees, and processes to get the work done.  Technology and innovation enables the organization to move forward and compensation structures provide incentives and can facilitate increased productivity. Engagement drivers connect the company with its employees.   A compelling Read More …

Are You Using the Sink or Swim Approach to Developing Leaders?

Of course everyone will respond “no” to this question but the truth is that it happens more often than you think. In many cases when a new supervisor steps into their first formal leadership role there may be all kinds of issues lurking that require his or her attention.  There could be a discipline issue, an FMLA case, grievances to address, teamwork dysfunction, disgruntled employees, etc.  Read More …

Effective Leaders Build Trust

A recent article in Forbes cited research that indicated 45% of employees say “lack of trust in leadership is the biggest issue in work performance.”  Building trust is an essential part of being an effective leader. Trust facilitates a work environment where people are not afraid to express their ideas. It enables people to support a leader’s decision even though they might have reservations. Read More …

Today’s Workforce is Changing. Are Leaders Keeping Up?

Work-life balance, technology, demographics, social media, a drive for continuous learning and a desire for meaningful work is reshaping our workforce. Are leaders prepared to deal with these changes? Do they know how to engage today’s workforce? Are they helping employees reach their full potential? Workforce changes are happening so fast that it is virtually impossible Read More …

The Most Powerful Trait of a Great Leader

In reading hundreds of books and articles that describe the characteristics of great leaders, it is common to find traits related to vision, courage, accountability, communication, inspiration, trustworthy, results oriented, team builder, etc. But seldom do I see what I believe is the most powerful trait of a great leader.  They Care. Great leaders genuinely care about their company, their Read More …

Leadership Matters

Great leaders create a work environment that garners trust, facilitates inclusion, sparks innovation and engages employees. They do this by being fair and objective, allowing their employees a voice in the process, connecting employees to a purpose, providing professional development and career opportunities, and appreciating, recognizing and rewarding employees. I have worked for a few leaders Read More …

The “Magic Ingredient” to Employee Engagement

Are your employees engaged?  You don’t need a 200 question employee engagement survey to answer the question.  Just look around your office.   Are people excited about what they are doing or listless as they pound through the mountains of work.   Are they actively seeking growth and development and is the company helping them achieve their professional Read More …